Strzelecki House take on the World’s Greatest Shave


The World’s Greatest Shave is an event run by the Leukaemia Foundation each year in March. It is the Foundation’s goal to cure and conquer every type of blood cancer.

Japara Strzelecki House is participating in the event this year and is aiming to raise $3000 to help relieve some of the stress and pain experienced by many Australians living with Leukaemia.



Who’s taking part?


On Friday 12th March, some brave staff members from Strzelecki House will be doing something extraordinary! Four will be getting their heads shaved and two will be getting their hair coloured.

Let’s take a look at the line-up…


Portrait of Libby Barker

Libby Barker, one of our kitchen staff members, is the team leader for the shave. This is the second time that she has surrendered her lovely locks to this wonderful cause, as Libby feels deeply about Leukaemia and the struggles that come with it. When Libby put out the call to other staff members, it didn’t take long for other willing participants to join her.



Portrait of Julie Littlejohn

Julie Littlejohn, a fellow kitchen staff member, wants to donate her hair to create wigs for people undergoing cancer treatment. Hair length needs to be at least 30cm to donate, so Julie is going to be donating a lot of hair!



Portrait of Sarah Henson

Sarah Henson didn’t hesitate when Libby asked her to join the team. Sarah has a close personal connection to the cause and her daughter has previously undergone the number 2 shave for the foundation, making Sarah keen to show her family that you are never too old to rock the bald look.



Portrait of Greg Lawlor

Greg Lawlor is shaving off his silver beard of over 30 years. The rest of our team are very excited at the prospect of seeing the ‘real’ face of Greg and what lies beneath the beard. We just hope his wife will recognise him when he goes home!



Portrait of Karen Harley

Karen Harley, our Head Chef, was very excited to get involved. Shaving is not for her, however, so we are waiting to see which colour Karen chooses.



Portrait of Miriam Dryminski

Miriam Drzycimski is our only Personal Care Assistant taking the plunge with some colour. If you head to Miriam’s fundraising page, you can vote on which colour Miriam will be wearing from the 12th March. So far, Electric Blue has the most votes!



Crazy Hair


Japara Strzelecki House Lifestyle Department will also be getting everyone into the spirit on the day by holding a Crazy Hair Day. Staff will be asked to wear orange, blue or white and will do crazy hair styles. Residents will also be asked if they would like a crazy wig or hairdo for the day. It will be a full day of fun followed by the big shaving event at 1:30pm.



Who will be doing the shaving and colouring?


Japara Strzelecki House now has a hairdresser! Ash Hilliar, from AJAY Hairdressing, has been operating out of the modern salon in Strzelecki House since our doors opened after many months of lockdown. Ash is donating her time on the day to help shave and colour our participant’s hair.


Ash Hilliar colouring a lady's hair


Ash is available for appointments at Strzelecki House on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to the general public as well as our residents. If you would like an appointment with Ash, please don’t hesitate to contact her on 0482 477 511.



How can I get involved?


If you would like to help us reach our goal of $3,000, please click here and follow the instructions to donate. Or, if you’re in the area, use one of our World’s Greatest Shave money boxes that can be found in businesses around Mirboo North.



Enquire today


If you or a loved one are interested in the aged care services available at Japara, contact us to have a friendly chat with one of our staff or to book a tour on 1800 52 72 72.

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